After a home win earlier this week, Northern Colorado FC couldn’t quite make it away.
The Hailstorm (3-4-4) lost to current USL League One leaders Greenville Triumph FC (6-4-2) 2-1 after conceding a goal in the 66th minute.
Greenville was aggressive on the pitch from start to finish, forcing NoCo goaltender Thomas Olsen to work early.
He recorded several saves within the first 15 minutes of the game, including the slightest tap of his foot to deflect the ball and a stretched grip. He ended the match with six saves.
Triumph met in the 54th minute with a penalty. Fort Collins midfielder Destan Norman was hit by the foul, which turned into a goal.
He had just returned to action after receiving two yellow cards against Richmond last week, resulting in a one-game red card suspension.
Striker Irvin Parra equalized just three minutes later. He leads the team with five goals in total and moved up to second in the league in a five-a-side draw.
Greenville was able to take the lead again in the 66th minute. Olsen tried to save but couldn’t grab the ball before he found the net.
The Hailstorm had a shot on goal in the 78th minute, which they almost missed and wanted a penalty. However, officials did not forgive him.
Again, Northern Colorado had the ball in the box with less than 10 minutes remaining but couldn’t get it to a shot on goal.
The teams shared similar statistics in terms of total possession and duels. However, Triumph managed to concede five more shots – three of which were on target – and that was reflected on the scoreboard.
The Hailstorm still sits in 10th place, although several teams are in the middle.
They play the Chattanooga Redwolves on Wednesday at 7 p.m. NoCo is looking for redemption and potentially moving up the rankings after falling 4-1 in Tennessee.
It’s the final game at Jackson Stadium and fans are encouraged to “Grab the Jack”. Home games in July will be played at Canvas Stadium in Fort Collins.
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